6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc.

Thousands of people in Maryland buy, sell or refinance their home every month. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that may appear less expensive than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Absolutely.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Howard County

If you reside in an area where property values have depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, most lenders ask homeowners to take out this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the extra payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Astute Appraisals, Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can often be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the home, and it can be a particularly daunting ordeal for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

The parties will have a good idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Howard County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

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